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K–12 Education

About: 

The Task Force on K–12 Education includes some of the most highly regarded and well-known education scholars in the nation. Most are professors at some of the leading universities in the country and many have served in various administrative and advisory roles for federal, state, and local governments. Their combined expertise represents over 300 years of research and study in the field of education.

The eleven-member task force forms the centerpiece of the Hoover Institution’s Initiative on American Educational Institutions and Academic Performance. In addition to producing original research, analysis, and recommendations in a growing body of work on the most important issues in American education today, task force members serve as editors, contributors, and members of the editorial board of Education Next: A Journal of Opinion and Research, published by the Hoover Institution.

In recognition of their accomplishments, the task force was awarded the prestigious Koret Prize in 2002.

News and special events: 

August 8, 2011
Federal education policy with Bill Evers on Reason TV
Hoover research fellow Bill Evers worries that the Obama administration wants to create a national education policy akin to France's Ministry of Education.

August 8, 2011
Should California close its schools?
In this video commentary, members of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson label California's answer to the potential cuts in school funding—reducing the school year—as the worst possible policy.

August 3, 2011
NJ Unions to Challenge Benefit Cuts
Hoover senior fellow Terry Moe appears on Fox Business News and comments on reforming unions.

July 29, 2011
Is the Charter-School Movement Stuck in a Rut?
Hoover fellow Chester E. Finn, Jr., blogs about the slow down in the charter-school reform movement.

July 28, 2011
Moe on the Internet’s effect on teachers' unions
Hoover senior fellow Terry Moe writes about the innovation of internet and technology, and the effect it has on the power of the teachers union in The Wall Street Journal and appearing in various media outlets.

June 14, 2011
Terry Moe blogs about California's education and the use of technology
You’d think that California, the home of Silicon Valley, would be at the forefront of the movement to harness technology in boosting K-12 education. But nothing could be further from the truth. Hoover senior fellow Terry Moe tells us why California is so bad when it comes to education and technology.

May 17, 2011
Terry Moe discusses the real threat to teachers’ unions
Hoover senior fellow Terry Moe notes that cheap technology will massively substitute for expensive labor. Geography and economic disparity will become irrelevant for teaching, undermining the very foundations of union power.

April 19, 2011
Terry Moe’s new book Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools
Terry Moe, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University, recently published his new book which covers how the unions have caused the education reform movement to be a disappointment.